“The mainstream media are domestic terrorists.”
This is a tweet the Arizona Republican Party posted on Tuesday afternoon. It was later deleted, but not before the account was doubled down in another tweet (also deleted).
This was no random right-wing electoral denier who fled while waving his Let’s Go Brandon flag.
no It was the Arizona Republican Party.
It’s absurd and meant to fuel a base that thrives on this kind of nonsense. But let’s be clear here.
There’s never a good time to say something so stupid. It’s an incredibly bad time right now.
The country is still reeling from the murders of 19 schoolchildren and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. This horror happened just ten days before we were shocked by the racist killings of ten people in Buffalo.
But here, the Arizona Republican Party sounds like it’s auditioning for open mic night on The Tucker Carlson Show.
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Kelli Ward, chair of the Arizona GOP, chimed in, tweeting a picture of reporters that read, “False information is written and spread by ‘journalistic terrorists’ like some of you.”
Give me a break.
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Whoever runs the Arizona GOP’s Twitter account wasn’t happy with their first attempt and repeated the claim — after Kari Lake, a former journalist who ran as the right-wing GOP’s candidate for governor, also searched for … journalists.
Lake tweeted from her campaign account that conservative group True the Vote can track ballot collectors. “Will the media pretend they don’t exist? There is a reason we call them the enemy of the people.”
“We” don’t call them that. She does — unsurprisingly, given that she’s based her campaign Twitter feed on Donald Trump’s, making the same outrageous claims.
As a reminder, Lake was a TV journalist for years.
It all comes down to it: Senators from the Republican state of Arizona held True the Vote on Tuesday to discuss Dinesh D’Souza’s widely debunked film 2000 Mules. The GOP tweet reiterates something said by Gregg Phillips, a longtime Republican contributor whose company does data analytics for True the Vote.
Phillips said during the session that articles were written by terrorist journalists.
You are not. But the Arizona GOP obviously wasn’t happy with something so ridiculous, so they bolstered the claim.
The mainstream media, meanwhile, was busy covering the meeting. Do you know what else they did? Debunking the lies about a stolen 2020 election. Find out the truth about the police response in Uvalde. They risk and sometimes lose their lives reporting on Russia’s unjust war in Ukraine.
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People who make such claims fear the truth
Outrage seems to rule the day, at least for a certain crowd. That’s too bad. There is much to talk about when it comes to domestic terrorism. That’s been around for a long time. Instead, we get the thoughts-and-prayers, the reaction of a good man with a gun, from the same kind of people who label journalists as enemies of the people and domestic terrorists.
You know better. They are only afraid – afraid of what the truth reveals. What better way to distract from the fact that they actually don’t do anything than to smear those who actually do?
Of course, among election deniers and conspiracy theorists, such trash tweets are not received with the dislike they deserve, but with praise. It’s a sad state; also dangerous. Remember the old saying, if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all?
Tweets like that of the Arizona Republican Party go the other way. If you can say something bad, say it twice.
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